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Taking Your IM-ITE For The First Time: Everything You Need To Know

Friday, May 1, 2020
By The TrueLearn Team

What is the IM-ITE Exam?

  • Developed by a committee of 11 physician authors with Internal Medicine expertise.
  • A “practice exam” for the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) certification exam.
  • Administered from the second half of August and the first half of September to every medical resident in an Internal Medicine residency training program; August 20, 2020 – September 9, 2020 (skipping Labor Day on September 7, 2020).
  • Residents can assess themselves (identify strengths and areas for improvement).
  • Program directors can assess their program and tailor educational opportunities around resident performance.

IM-ITE Content and Structure

  • Any topic in Internal Medicine (subspecialties included) is fair game.
  • No penalty for guessing and there is no way to fail.

How Many Questions Are on The Exam?

  • Approximately 300 questions (50 questions per section) over 9 hours (includes a 60-minute lunch break, several 10-minute breaks, along with a tutorial and post-exam survey)

How Long Do I Need to Study for the PGY-1 ITE?

  • It is recommended that you do not study for your PGY-1 ITE. This test is supposed to gauge your current knowledge base and guide your educational curriculum for your current training year (and beyond). It can also assess progress as you advance in your training from one year to the next. For tips on how to study post-ITE, see (second blog).

Top 3 Things You Need to Know If You’re Taking The IM-ITE Exam

  1. Mandatory for medical residents in Internal Medicine training program; by and large, programs will schedule rotations to accommodate participation, and it is included in the duty-hour reporting
  2. Because it is web-based, programs can provide the test using local computers or laptops without resources such as specialized testing centers. For example, the chief proctor is usually a staff member within the program who provides access codes, monitors test sessions, and troubleshoots on test day.
  3. Results come back to the programs 4-6 weeks after the exam window: each individual’s report includes number of questions correct, educational objectives of questions missed, and national percentile rank against other peers in the same training year (ex. PGY-2)


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